Breast Health

Gynecology & Women's Health located in Napa, CA

Breast Health

Proactive care is an essential part of promoting and maintaining optimal breast health throughout life.  Our comprehensive breast health care program includes meaningful education, risk assessment, professional examination, inoffice high resolution ultrasound screening, coordination with mammogram findings and personalized guidance tailored to your individual needs. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online. Telehealth services are available for your convenience and flexibility.

Breast Health Q & A

Why is maintaining good breast health important?

As you age, your breasts undergo many changes, making practicing good breast health increasingly important. They may change in shape and size as you undergo hormonal shifts, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and other life milestones.

At John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc., your gynecologist encourages proactive health management and provides personalized care.

What are some common practices for promoting breast health?

Practicing good breast health involves collaborating with your gynecologist and taking a proactive approach that may include:

Regular self-exams

A self-exam takes only a few minutes and involves carefully feeling for any changes, lumps, or irregularities in your breast tissue.

Clinical exams

Your gynecologist may perform a more thorough hands-on exam to detect any changes you may not notice during a self-check.

Mammograms

These specialized X-rays help detect early signs of breast cancer and other abnormalities by capturing detailed images of your breast tissue.

Healthy habits

Following a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower your risk of breast disease and cancer.

What conditions affect breast health?

Many conditions can affect your breast health, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Benign (noncancerous) tumors, growths, or cysts
  • Mastitis (inflammation, often from infection)
  • Fibrocystic breast disease (causes lumpy, tender breasts)

While many changes to the way your breasts look or feel are benign, some are serious and require prompt medical attention. Regular breast health screenings are critical in ensuring timely intervention.

Are there risk factors associated with poor breast health?

Several factors can affect your breast health, such as:

  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Certain medications and hormone therapies
  • Inherited genetic mutations
  • Early menstruation, or late menopause

At John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc., your gynecologist considers your unique risk factors when developing an individualized breast care plan to protect your health.

What are some signs and symptoms of potential breast health issues?

Some signs and symptoms of breast health concerns may include:

  • Lumps or growths in the breasts or underneath the armpits
  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Skin changes, such as redness, discoloration, or dimpling
  • Inverted nipples
  • Breast swelling
  • Unexplained weight loss

Suddenly warm or red breasts can also indicate an underlying condition or health concern that your gynecologist should examine.

John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. provides comprehensive breast health care. Call or schedule an appointment online today, or book a convenient telehealth consultation.